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Algeria Calls on African Nations to Join CTBT
Algeria yesterday urged all African nations to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (see GSN, Aug. 10, 2006).
Adding parties to the treaty would "contribute to an increased respect for the fundamental principles that determine the future of world security and discourage the arms race," Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika told an international nuclear conference in Algiers (Associated Press/CNN.com, Jan. 9).
Only two out of 53 African states have not signed the treaty, and 20 nations have not yet ratified the pact, according to a fact sheet from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.
Algeria ratified the treaty in 2003. It is one of 44 specific nations whose ratifications are necessary for the pact to enter into force. Ten of these nations -- including the United States, North Korea, India, Pakistan and Israel -- have not ratified the accord (Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization fact sheet, Jan. 10).
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